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Canada Bloc Québécois rises to prominence as it more than doubles seats in Parliament

07:35  22 october  2019
07:35  22 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Scheer in Quebec, fighting against rise in support for Bloc Quebecois

  Scheer in Quebec, fighting against rise in support for Bloc Quebecois QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Quebec today, a province where he's taking on not just the Liberals and NDP, but also the Bloc Quebecois. Scheer is now actively campaigning against the threat of a coalition Liberal-NDP government, bringing up the issue several times yesterday during campaign events in Winnipeg. But in Quebec, rising support for the BQ suggests that party could elect enough MPs to hold a powerful position in the event of a minority government.Scheer says the priority of the Bloc is to work towards another referendum on separation for Quebec, and discounts needing to work with them to advance the interests of Quebecers.

This was back when a majority government seemed within reach and the Bloc Québécois was projected to win only a few more seats than But beyond that, Quebecers are sensitive to perceived “ Quebec bashing” on issues like Bill 21, Godbout said, and feel they need a strong voice in Parliament .

If either party gets a majority — 170 seats in Parliament — it ’s game over. If neither does, the leaders of smaller parties If the Conservatives win more votes than the Liberals, but not a majority, new elections could be called if they The Bloc Québécois was in disarray at the beginning of this year.

Yves-François Blanchet wearing a suit and tie: Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet took the party's helm in January 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Wattie Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet took the party's helm in January 2019.

The Bloc Québécois has once again weaved its charm over its home province after a tumultuous decade during which it was pushed to the political margins and struggled to find new ground.

The sovereignist party claimed at least 21 seats across Quebec on Monday night, delivering a deafening blow to its federal counterparts.

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Under the leadership of Yves-François Blanchet, the Bloc continued to gain strength among Quebecers, according to polls conducted during the election campaign. The former Parti Québécois MNA has been a staunch defender of Bill 21, the province's contentious secularism bill, and has repeatedly argued that Ottawa should stay out of Quebec's affairs.

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The Bloc Québécois , or "The Bloc ," is a Québecois nationalist political party, created to protect Québec 's interests at the federal level and to promote the idea of Québécois independence. Between 1993 and 2011 the Bloc held a large majority of Québec 's seats in Canada's House of Commons

Bloc Québécois , English Quebec Bloc , regional political party in Canada, supporting the independence of predominantly In 2004 and 2006 the party’s support rebounded, however, with the Bloc Québécois winning more than 50 seats in the House of Commons at each election.

Before voters headed to the polls, Blanchet had already touted last week the gains his party would seek for Quebec in the event of a minority government, which would give the nationalist party the balance of power.

The light-blue wave in the province comes amid years of turmoil within the party's ranks and questions over its relevance, but also resembles the Bloc's beginnings.

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The Bloc Québécois was initially created in 1991 in a bid to promote sovereignty and defend the province's best interests at the federal level. In the wake of the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, a number of Quebec MPs from the Conservatives and Liberals formed the coalition. A disillusioned Lucien Bouchard, who would later serve as Quebec's premier, left the Conservatives and headed the party.

Scheer, Trudeau warn voting Bloc will lead to another Quebec independence referendum

  Scheer, Trudeau warn voting Bloc will lead to another Quebec independence referendum Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer adopted a sharp tone Sunday in his final news conference of the election campaign, warning that returning more Bloc Québécois MPs will result in another referendum on independence in Quebec.In his final pitch to millions of electors ahead of Monday's vote, Scheer said that voting Conservative is the only way to stave off a "costly coalition" between progressive parties and a revival of separatism in Quebec.

If either party gets a majority — 170 seats in Parliament — it ’s game over. If neither does, the leaders of smaller parties If the Conservatives win more votes than the Liberals, but not a majority, new elections could be called if they The Bloc Québécois was in disarray at the beginning of this year.

The Bloc Québécois ’ surge was one of the most unexpected twists of the 2019 election campaign, and likely played a part in the Liberals losing their majority. At the dissolution of Parliament , the Liberals held 40 seats in Quebec , while the Conservatives held 11, largely in and around Quebec City.

Over the past three decades, the Bloc has at times been a powerhouse and, more recently, fragile in its state. After it was formed, the party quickly gained supporters and seats — sweeping 54 seats in its first election in 1993 — and becoming the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

While the Bloc has long maintained it is the best bet to represent Quebec, the party has struggled in the last decade. In 2008, it claimed 48 seats when Stephen Harper's Conservatives formed a minority government before the tides turned three years later.

The Bloc suffered its worst electoral defeat in 2011. It lost official status after only four candidates were elected amid the New Democrats' so-called orange wave in the province.

Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc's leader for 14 years, who led the party through five consecutive elections in which it won at least half of Quebec's seats, lost his seat and stepped down.

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP, Bloc hold cards close

  Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP, Bloc hold cards close REGINA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the onus is on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make Canada's new minority government function on behalf of a country that he says is more divided than ever. Scheer says he stressed to Trudeau in a telephone call that Monday's election resulted in a stronger Bloc Quebecois and no Liberal seats in Canada's fossil-fuel-producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Scheer also noted that moreScheer says he stressed to Trudeau in a telephone call that Monday's election resulted in a stronger Bloc Quebecois and no Liberal seats in Canada's fossil-fuel-producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The revival of the Bloc Québécois may mark the return of a loud Quebec advocate to Parliament While the Bloc still supports independence, as it did when it dominated the Quebec federal “Gaining more power for Quebec is the most popular position, not status quo nor independence,” they wrote.

The most unambiguous winners were the Bloc , who like the NDP had been all but given up for dead before the election. They have returned as a force in Parliament , with their best performance in more than a decade. The future of the federation suddenly looks gloomier than it has for some time, not

The future of the party became increasingly unsure as it lost MPs and combed through leaders in the past few years. In 2015, Duceppe returned to the helm and guided the Bloc to winning 10 seats in the federal election, but he once again resigned amid the disappointing results.

In 2017, as challenges surfaced over Martine Ouellet's leadership, the Bloc quickly found itself at the centre of infighting and seven MPs defected a few months later. The Bloc barely survived the beginnings of a new party until Ouellet stepped down in a bitter and resentful resignation in 2018 following a referendum on her leadership.

Blanchet, for his part, took over the Bloc's reins in January 2019. His bid was uncontested since he was the only candidate in the running for the job.

READ MORE: Bloc Québécois leader campaigns in Quebec City area, eyes Tory and Liberal ridings

— With files from The Canadian Press

Tories, Liberals raked in millions, NDP and Greens lagged far behind .
OTTAWA — Money raised by federal political parties spiked in the run-up to the Oct. 21, election but the Conservatives and Liberals raked in most of the dough, leaving their already impoverished rivals in the dust. Financial returns for the third quarter of 2019 filed with Elections Canada show the Conservatives, the perennial fundraising champs, pulled in a cool $10.1 million from almost 62,000 donors between July 1 and the end of September. The Liberals weren't far behind, raising $7.3 million from just over 53,000 contributors.By contrast, the NDP collected $2.

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